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- Native Oysters Making a Comeback
- Baby oyster planting extends hope for renewed population
- Saving the Sound
- Shells lure oysters home in Woodard Bay
- Volunteers dump seed oysters in Fidalgo Bay
- The Olympia oyster, a tasty and nearly extinct little morsel
- Oyster restoration effort helps to clean up Sound
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Betsy Peabody, Founder and Executive Director
photo Benjamin Drummond
|Prior to founding PSRF in 1997, Betsy worked for the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, King County, the Seattle Aquarium and local nonprofits. She is currently President of the Pacific Shellfish Institute, a research organization developing and disseminating scientific and technical information to foster sustainable shellfish resources and a healthy marine environment. She also served as Vice Chair of the Bainbridge Island Harbor Commission until 2002. Betsy has a B.A. in English from Stanford University.
|Ryan Crim, Hatchery Manager
PSRF’s hatchery manager, Ryan Crim, is working on Olympia oyster and Pinto abalone projects. He specializes in lesser-known organisms that comprise plankton, including unicellular algae and marine invertebrate larvae. After growing up in the highland deserts of North Central Washington State, Ryan became fascinated by the marine environment as a student at Western Washington University. He spent as much time as he could at the Shannon Point Marine Center researching phytoplankton ecology and harmful algal blooms. He received an MS in Zoology from the University of British Columbia after studying the effects of climate change on larval stages of marine invertebrates (such as abalone, sea urchins and mussels). Before joining PSRF, Ryan worked as a research assistant at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, taught courses in marine ecology at Northwest Indian College and worked as an intertidal field technician along the Oregon Coast.
|Denise Brown, Bookkeeper|
||Denise joined PSRF in July 2007 as a bookkeeper, having performed similar services for a local small business operation and another nonprofit. Before moving to the Northwest 10 years ago, she was in pursuit of a second career accounting degree at Penn State University. She also studied Environmental Resources Management at PSU, and managed a popular Center City Philadelphia restaurant for eight years. Actively involved in volunteer programs, she coordinates and assists with Adopt-A-Road, the AARP TaxAide program on Bainbridge Island, and participates each month in the local meal preparation for those in need.
|Brian Allen, Ecologist|
||Brian Allen, PSRF’s in-house ecologist, is interested in all things marine – both as a scientist and a forager. After growing up in Everett, Brian wended his way to the Virgin Islands where he began to spend a lot of time underwater. Upon his return to the Northwest, Brian completed a BS in 1996 at the Huxley College for Environmental Studies at Western Washington University where he studied marine ecology. He has been fortunate to work with many interesting invertebrate species and communities including aquatic insects, sea urchins, abalone, and various bivalves both above and below the tide, and up and down the west coast. Community ecology has been a central theme. Before joining the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, Brian’s work concerned applied science or commercial fisheries.
|Josh Bouma, Project Manager
Josh grew tired of culturing shellfish he couldn’t eat. He joins PSRF after four years as a shellfish biologist and diver with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife where he managed a small hatchery growing the threatened pinto abalone for restoration and research projects. Originally a northwest native, Josh soaked up the sun while completing a B.S. in biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, then delayed reality for several years ranching goats, farming sheep and guiding dive trips in the San Juan Islands before finally returning home to complete a M.S. in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. Beyond diving and eating seafood, Josh also enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, and bocci.
|Wendy Welch, Special Events|
Wendy Welch brings over 20 years of fundraising and development experience to PSRF. A Bainbridge Island resident and Northwest native, Wendy holds business and marketing degrees from the University of Washington. She has worked at local and national levels for the Easter Seal Society of Washington and the Arthritis Foundation and she has coordinated the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour for 10 years. She is an avid skier, hiker and general outdoor enthusiast.
|Morgan Rohrbach, Farm Advisor|
|Morgan has studied her way down the marine food chain from Right Whales to Sea Turtles to bivalves of the Pacific Northwest, the phytoplankton they survive on and the toxins and pollutants that affect them. Prior to her work at PSRF, she worked as a toxicologist with the Washington State Department of Ecology. She is a founding member of the Bainbridge Island Community Shellfish Farm whose aim is to get residents actively involved in identifying and eliminating pollution sources within their watershed.
Photo courtesy Jack Kintner
|Geoff has managed the Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm since 2001. A former grower whose Drayton Harbor oyster farm was shut down as a result of declining water quality, Geoff has served as Chairman of the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee since its inception. He has been involved in shellfish restoration efforts in Drayton Harbor since 1990, beginning with the initial Drayton Harbor Watershed Planning process conducted under WAC 400-12. He also serves on the Whatcom County Planning Commission, City of Blaine’s Citizens Wastewater Advisory Committee and the Whatcom County Onsite Septic System Subcommittee.
Geoff embodies everything it takes to preserve healthy shellfish growing areas – he loves the harbor, applies boundless energy to its protection and enjoys every minute he spends there. Like all growers, Geoff believes, in his heart, that it is the best, most productive place on earth – well worth the herculean efforts required to maintain clean water amid growing population pressures.
|Dr. Jonathan Davis|
|Joth Davis is an integral member of the PSRF project team. He serves as Scientific Lead on native oyster enhancement efforts in Liberty Bay; spearheads the new abalone hatchery in Port Gamble where juvenile pinto abalone are being reared to help with recovery efforts; and collaborates with PSRF on a geoduck research project and an economic study to better quantify the costs and benefits of shellfish restoration in Puget Sound. On top of all that, Joth directs Research & Development for the Taylor Shellfish Hatchery, operates a shellfish farm and consulting firm, and is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at UW. He holds a Ph.D. in Fisheries from UW and a M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University.|
|Caitlin Campbell/Field Technician|
|Information coming soon|
|Hannah Davis, Project Assistant/Graphic Designer|
|A true oyster enthusiast, Hannah has worked in the shellfish industry from the sand flats to the oyster bars since she first learned how to say geoduck (gooey-duck). Since joining the PSRF team, she's been wearing many hats - spearheading various community development and outreach programs, assisting with field work and event planning, and executing all things design-related. Hannah has a BA from Bates College all the way out in Maine, but she's happy to be back on the "best" coast working to help recover the shorelines she grew up on.|